Lewisville Police responded to the Pajama Jam 2K17 Pajama Party event at the Premier Event Center, 1165 S. Stemmons Fwy, just after midnight Sunday morning for a major disturbance.
LPD Captain Kendall Lynn said that police were first called to the location when large groups of people who were waiting to get into the event were going into another nearby business to use restrooms.
Lynn said that once on site, police saw close to 300 people in the location’s parking lot, and that upon investigation learned that about 1,000 people packed the inside of the location where a fraternity pajama party was being held. He said a flood of people streaming out of the center gave police cause to believe that something was going on inside.
Radio traffic indicates that officers on the scene called for backup when it appeared that 400 people who wanted to get in would not be able to. Lynn said that someone there reported a person with a gun around that time. He said that upon investigation, no shots had been fired and nobody was found with a gun.
Unconfirmed reports on Twitter (See the end of this post) had blamed the incident on erratic behavior in the line to get in, and on someone punching a police officer. Lynn said he was not aware of any officers being punched.
By 12:15 a.m., officers were calling for backup, and for dispatchers to “send everybody you got.”
By 12:25 a.m., officers had ordered the event shut down, and were trying to disperse the crowd. Fire department medics were standing by.
Every available officer from Lewisville as well as officers from Carrollton, Flower Mound, Coppell, DPS and Denton County were called in to control the crowds. In all, there were 18 officers from Lewisville, and 21 officers from other agencies due to the size of the crowd.
Lynn said there were no injuries, and and that there had been only one arrest for a Class C violation. He said that officers had been in contact with the organizers and the Premier Event Center management, and that they were appreciative of the officers’ help, and had no idea the event would get that big.
We’ll update this story with more detail if we get it.
— #PajamaJam2K17 (@X_Zayyy) January 19, 2017
Due to the erratic behavior of the line, and a cop being punched.. Lewisville police were FORCED to shut the party down. #PajamaJam2k17
— Bodacious Bad BoyΣ (@Bodacious_ZB) January 29, 2017
— Smitty UK 17-3, 14-6 (@iWorkTheHardest) January 29, 2017